August 24, 2015
Roger Federer Denies Novak Djokovic The Title At The Western & Southern Open In Impressive Fashion

Roger Federer cruised to his seventh win at the Western & Southern Open on Sunday and denied Novak Djokovic from finally getting a title in Cincinnati, once again.

But the 7-6 (1), 6-3 win over the world No. 1 wasn't the only impressive feat Federer achieved. He managed to go the full tournament without dropping his serve, and Roger did that by never once staring down a break point on his serve.

Federer has spent the last few weeks, since his loss to Djokovic in the final at Wimbledon, practicing in his home country of Switzerland, choosing not to go to any hard court tournaments before this one doesn't give him a lot of time to tune-up for the U.S. Open, but Federer's form seemed more than just fine.

Djokovic just couldn't seem to find a rhythm with Federer and the Swiss took full advantage. It had to have been frustrating to get to the end of a tournament you've never won and to be rebuffed, yet again. But also, before this match, the Federer/Djokovic head-to-head was at 20-20 and now Federer is out ahead, again.

Novak called attention to the fast conditions of the court as an explanation as to why he couldn't get into a flow with Federer.

"I think [Roger's] more aggressive here than in any other tournament because the surface and conditions allow him to play very fast. He generally copes well with the fast balls, fast game. He likes this rhythm; I don't too much. It was the right tactics for him."
However, in his runner-up speech, Djokovic, ever the good sport, praised Federer and joked about not being able to get past him.
"It's now the fifth time that I've been in the finals, and I've never won this title, so I guess I have to wait for Roger to retire, then try to do something after. But I've been really trying, giving my best. Today wasn't the day. I've been coming back each year wanting it more and more, and I want to thank you all for giving me support."
Fans even got to see the serious Federer get in on the comedy.
"I really hope for you (Djokovic) that you can win here one day. Of course he deserves it -- come on. So close, so many years."
With the U.S. Open only a week away, Federer's win at the Western & Southern Open can only mean good things for Roger's chances at the last grand slam of the year.

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